Success means something different for everyone. You could think of success as purchasing a home, paying off your mortgage, or buying that dream car you’ve always wanted. Success is like beauty in a way, it exists in the eye of the beholder.
What does success mean to you?
Think about it for a second.
In the meantime, here’s what it means to me.
I imagine success will come to me as an overwhelming sensation of satisfaction one summer afternoon while sitting my porch watching a storm roll in (if that isn’t enough of a visual for you, then I don’t know what is).
My skin will be wrinkled, and my passports will be far worn. I wish to remember the crooked and beautiful smiles, the breathtaking views, and heart wrenching stories. I hope to have made myself known in the sustainable travel and tourism industry, and help communities and their citizens benefit in some way from tourism. I hope I can still hear the sound of the childrens laughter as we entered their villages with goods and supplies. And when I walk the halls of my home I hope the walls are full of memories near and far. I hope to hear my family laughing. I hope I’m sippin’ on sweet tea as my grandkids come rushing up from the beach. I hope as I look around my porch I am surrounded by people who love and care about me, I hope that their hearts are full of the joy and abundance that this world offers so generously. This is what being successful means to me.
And the best part is getting to that point. What an AWESOME journey this life is.
I’m actually not here to talk about success today, but the opposite…
No one ever wants to talk about their failure. It can be quite embarrassing and believe me I know firsthand. If you look at a successful person you will see that somewhere along the way they hit a road block. But in that road block they accepted it as positive change in turn gaining knowledge and strength.
The thing is failure moves you in the right direction and gives you an opportunity to grow. Failure can be your catalyst for new ideas and forth comings you would have never dreamed about before. Failure leads to success.
Through the adversity find yourself once more, create a plan of action, write it down, and watch the doors open for you.
Ralph Waldo Emerson thoughts on succeeding – “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends. To appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
Last week I truly learned that you can fail at something you don’t want. Last week LIFE taught me (again) that someone will always be better than you. Someone will always have a more effective workout routine, smoother hair, a more inviting IG feed, better penmanship, and that dream job you hope to have. But the cool thing is you’re unique and have special qualities no one else can compare to. So why not surround yourself with the people who will challenge you, who will inspire you and why not just go out on a whim and do what you love.
The things my eyes will see and my heart will feel is really what it is all about.
Will you live an easy life or will you live a life of service and adventure? Will you bluff or will you own it? You can give up.. or you can be fearless in your pursuit. Your story is the choices you make. Make a good story for yourself.